Masiphumelele is a township near Cape Town that is home to more than 45,000 people. Unemployment is strife and living conditions are poor but the kids, with their big smiles, boundless energy, enthusiasm and curiosity, are a beacon of hope.
Cycling around the township and speaking with the locals, I learned about the efforts of the government, in partnership with non-profits and residents to alleviate poverty in this community. New housing and schools are being built, sewage is being improved, and the library, where kids come to play, read and take classes in English and computers, is a busy place. Wherever we went, we were surrounded by kids who jumped on our bikes and chatted excitedly with us – their enthusiasm and joy was infectious. The bike tour through the township, organised by AWOL tours, was an inspiring lesson in empowerment and grit, an experience that truly humbled me.
Positano is a small town on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, just south of Naples. This part of the Italian coastline is marked by steep cliffs that seemingly plunge into the depths of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea so it truly is amazing how a town could ever have been built on these precarious slopes. Positano today is a charming town with cheery pastel-coloured houses stacked atop one another. The views of the town and the sea are simply breathtaking and these two spots sure provide some of the best views from above. Imagine a room with one of these views!
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Ipanema beach is one of the world famous beaches in Rio de Janeiro. It’s certainly my favourite beach in the city – the soft sand, pounding surf, beautiful mountains and equally gorgeous people make for an unforgettable experience. I took this shot of some locals playing beach football just as the sun was setting behind the mountains.
Read the accompanying post: ‘Chilling in Rio‘.
The Jemaa el-Fna is a historic square in the Medina (Old Town) of Marrakech, Morocco. For centuries, the square has functioned as the main meeting point and centre of entertainment in the Medina. From the square, alleys branch out in all directions into the famous Souk and other parts of the Medina. The square itself is a hive of activity throughout the day, with stalls selling food, orange juice, spices and all sorts of Moroccan crafts. Snake charmers, musicians and street performers entertain both locals and tourists. A trip to Marrakech would not be complete without a stroll around the Jemaa el-Fna square.
It’s that time of year again when temperatures drop to and stay below freezing for a prolonged period. You can quite literally feel the excitement build up throughout the Netherlands, a country of ice-skating enthusiasts. Ice-skates are sold out in stores, scenes of ice-skating marathons along frozen canals and lakes fill television screens every evening, and the country looks to the northern province of Friesland in anticipation of the legendary Elfstedentocht (an ice-skating marathon along 200km of canals and lakes past eleven Frisian towns). This is a photo I took near the town of Leiden of people skating on a frozen waterway.
Read the accompanying post: “The Dutch Winter Frenzy“.